Hewlett-Packard refreshes 32-bit Intel server line

Taking the latest wave of new Intel processors and running with them, Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday unveiled six new Intel-based servers in a major refresh of the company's 32-bit server line.

"These six new products represent a significant refresh of our entire product line," said Mari Young, the worldwide product marketing manager for volume systems at HP in Palo Alto, Calif. "We are refreshing products at all target market segments, that means every type of form factor, whether they are rackable, tower, or rack optimized."

While Intel Corp.'s Pentium III and Pentium 4 chips run the lower-end HP servers, new Intel Xeon and Xeon MP (multiprocessor) server chips were the lynchpin for HP's overall server revamp, Young said. HP's server launch is timed with Intel's release of two new Xeon MP chips designed for servers with four or more processors. A Xeon chip for one- and two-way servers was launched by Intel only a few weeks ago.

As for the lineup, HP rolled out a new tc2110 server, which replaces the current e200 server, according to Young. The tc2110 hosts a single 1.7GHz Intel Pentium 4 chip with a 400MHz front-side bus, 18GB of SCSI disk space or a 40GB hard drive. Designed for small businesses running small applications such as e-mail serving, the tc2110 starts at US$1,079.

The tc3100 is targeted at small to medium-size businesses and packs up to two 1.26GHz or 1.4GHz Intel Pentium III processors. Ideal for Internet connections and e-mail applications, the tc3100 offers features such as six PCI slots. Pricing starts at $1,499.

The tc4100 replaces the HP lc2000 and is targeted at corporate workgroups and remote offices that need to run applications such as file and print, and messaging, Young said. Also powered by two Intel Pentium III chips, the tc4100 has 620GB of internal disk storage and hot-swappable, redundant components such as disk drives, power supplies, and cooling fans. It sells for $2,599.

The tc6100 replaces the lh3000, and packs two of the new Intel Xeon processors, DDR memory, and PCI-X expansion slots for added I/O. The tc6100 can handle corporate departmental tasks such as accounting and finance and starts at $4,399.

The tc7100 takes over for the retiring HP lh6000, and is designed to run large applications, database platforms, and messaging systems for the enterprise, Young said. With four Intel Xeon MP processors running at either 1.4GHz or 1.6GHz, the tc7100 delivers a range of features traditionally found only in ultra-high-end computing systems. Integrated remote management capabilities and a visual diagnostic panel are also features of the tc7100, which starts at $7,149.

For enterprise data centers, heavy messaging tasks, database applications, and ERP (enterprise resource planning), the rc7100 arrives to replace the HP lt6000. The server offers four Xeon MP chips with a 400MHz front-side bus, DDR memory, up to 8GB of memory, six open I/O slots, hot-swappable components, integrated remote management, and a visual diagnostic panel all for $8,469.

The HP tc2110, tc3100, and tc4100 will each begin shipping in mid-April. The other servers will begin shipping in mid-May, Young said.

For added networked storage capacity, HP also rolled out a new SureStore Disk System 2300, a 14-disk SCSI system that can house 1TB of data in a 5.25-inch rackable chassis. Available in April, the 2300 will start at $3,150.

With its combined sales of both Intel-based and RISC-based servers, HP stands as the No. 4 server vendor in the world, behind Sun Microsystems Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., and IBM Corp., respectively, according to research from IDC.

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